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Football: Goal-line stand helps Central Valley defeat Beaver

Written by Brian Batko on .

Brian Batko covered Friday's game between Central Valley and Beaver.

2016 1001 CentralValley Football(Photo: Central Valley wide receiver Cameron Drake hauls in a pass in the second quarter Friday against Beaver at Central Valley High School. Charlie Magovern/For the Post-Gazette)

"When he saw a gang of Carolina blue helmets converge on Darius Wise, Mark Lyons knew his defense had made the one final stop it needed. In just the nick of time.

Central Valley stopped the unstoppable do-it-all Beaver quarterback at the goal line, time expired and the Warriors eked out a 42-35 victory Friday night at home to hop into the driver's seat of Class 3A's rugged Beaver Valley Conference. There was no one hero on the deciding play — to the naked eye, it was simply a cluster of bodies piling up to make the winning stand of a back-and-forth clash.

"I hope it was, because that's what we preach," said Lyons, Central Valley's coach. "We want a lot of hats to the ball ... and I guess that epitomizes us a little bit, that last play where we ended up with everybody there."

Beaver ran the final play with about 20 seconds left, after the chains were moved when Wise picked up a first down at the Central Valley 1. Wise nearly scored on that play, a 3-yard run on fourth-and-1 from the 4, but only managed to keep the drive alive."

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Hockey: 2016 West Season Preview

Written by Keith Barnes on .

West Allegheny was a favorite to win the 1A Penguins Cup last season before the Indians were upset in the semifinals by South Fayette.

What they got as a reward was a bit much, though, as the team was moved up to 2A.

This isn't the same West Allegheny team that rolled through the regular season last year as the team lost top scorers Jess Ligas and Sean Weber as well as goaltender Anthony Dominick. The Indians might have a rough go of it when facing divisional foes like defending champion Bishop Canevin, Mars and Quaker Valley.

Moon is also in that division and the Tigers have a hole to fill themselves with the graduation of all-star goaltender Ryan Durkin. Last season they were able to win games because of their defense as they allowed only 58 goals, but they had the fewest number of goals scored (94) of any of the top eight teams in the classification.

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Hockey: 2016 West Players to Watch

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Here are some hockey players from the West to keep an eye on this season.

Tyler Cerankowski, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Jr., F
Hayden Chieffo, Montour, Jr., G
Antoni Chirgott, Beaver, Sr., F
Cameron Drake, Central Valley, Sr., F
Brandon Eisel, Montour, Sr., D
Evan Komlenic, Beaver, Sr., F
Nick Hart, Moon, Sr., F
Nickolas Mulford, Central Valley, Sr., D
Tanner Palocsik, Beaver, Jr., D
Hunter Ross, West Allegheny, Sr., D
Logan Rosser, Moon, Sr. D
Devyn Wosotowsky, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Sr., F

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Football: West Top Games - Week 5 (2016)

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Here's a look at three of the top games involving West teams in Week 5.

Beaver (4-0, 2-0) at Central Valley (4-1, 2-0), Friday, 7 p.m. - After realignment, the Beaver Valley Conference has four perennial playoff powers with no more than three available spots. Beaver passed its first battle, upsetting Aliquippa, and now another test awaits – a week after scoring 77 points against a previously undefeated team. Central Valley, which reached the WPIAL final a year ago and the PIAA title game a year earlier, is facing its first real conference test.

Rochester (4-0, 4-0) at Northgate (4-0, 4-0), Friday, 7 p.m. - Few would have expected this to be a matchup of unbeaten teams with first place in the Big Seven Conference on the line but it will be. Rochester has recorded two consecutive shutouts and Northgate hasn't scored less than 40 points in a game this season.

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Boys Soccer: Is realignment taking the fun out of the playoff races?

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Last season, with just three teams advancing to the playoffs, some playoff spots came down to the final game. With expansion to four classes and four teams reaching the postseason this season, the playoff picture is already pretty clear at the halfway point locally.

In Class 3A, Montour, Ambridge, Moon, and West Allegheny are currently in the playoff spots in Section 2 with Blackhawk a game back, in one of the only interesting races.

In Class 2A, Quaker Valley, Central Valley, Beaver Area, and Riverside all look comfortable in their playoff spots in Section 4.

In Class A, Freedom and Sewickley Academy are both within one win of clinching a playoff spot already in Section 1A and Quigley Catholic is also sitting comfortably. About the only local race for a playoff spot will be between Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Beaver County Christian, and Neshannock fighting for one spot.